Rebels remain undefeated
The Riverside boys' tennis team swept both their matches last week at Lake City to improve to 6-0 on the season. The Rebels started the week off by defeating Weiner 6-0 on Monday afternoon and then returned Tuesday afternoon with a 6-0 win over Ridgefield Christian.
The Rebels jumped on Weiner early as number one senior player Tyler Timms defeated Weiner's Daniel Chatman, 6-0. Rebel Cliff Kramer won at number two singles with a 6-1 win over Wesley Dunham. Shawn Mathews then completed the singles sweep by downing the Cardinal's Sam Wagster, 6-0.
Riverside also swept the doubles action as the undefeated duo of Timms and Jordan Adcock rolled over Weiner's Aaron Riley and Jordan Beard, 6-1. Cody Richardson and M.J. Emery dominated the Weiner team of Alex Brooks and Blaine Gardner 6-1 before Rebels Garrett Weaver and Glen Graham easily defeated Ross Phillips and Keith Morgan, 6-1.
Riverside continued their dominance Tuesday as Timms started the singles sweep over Ridgefield Christian with a 6-1 win over Noland Gilmore. Cliff Kramer finished off the Warriors in singles by defeating Trenton Hoggard, 6-2.
In doubles action, the Rebel tandem of Timms and Adcock shut out Ridgefield's Gilmore and Hoggard, 6-0. Cody Richardson then teamed with Garrett Weaver for a 6-2 win over the Warrior duo of Daniel Fields and Blake Emerson. Riverside kept the blitz going at number three doubles when M.J. Emery and Glen Graham outlasted the Warrior team of Jonathan Groves and Austin Green, 7-6. Riverside completed the shutout when the number four team of Randy Kramer and Casey Hook downed Nathaniel Ricca and Jared Williams, 6-2.
Riverside girls dropped two matches during the week, first to Weiner, 3-1, and then to Ridgefield Christian, 3-2. The Lady Rebels fell to 1-5 on the season with the two losses.
In Monday's action against Weiner, Lady Cardinal Andrea Davis won a thrilling 6-4 match over Rebel Morgan Emery. The Lady Rebels came back to gain a split in singles play when Katey Campbell rolled over Krista Westerman of Weiner, 6-1.
The Lady Cardinals claimed the match, however, by sweeping doubles play with the team of Mallory Johnson and Taysia Covington edging Riverside's Magan Adams and Emilee Hook, 6-4, before Weiner's duo of Amanda Wixson and Andrea Davis outlasted Lady Rebels Holly Dudley and Kailey Holt, 6-4.
Ridgefield Christian's number one player Anna Ledbetter got the Warriors off to a good start against Riverside on Tuesday with a 6-1 win over freshman Katey Campbell. The Lady Warriors completed the singles sweep when Natalie Reeves beat Lady Rebel Morgan Emery, 6-1.
Riverside rallied in doubles action, taking two of three matches as Magan Adams and Emilee Hook defeated the Ridgefield Christian duo of Kristen Thrasher and Rachel Ricca in a 7-5 tiebreaker. Lady Rebels Kailey Holt and Holly Dudley downed the Warrior team of Anna Hoggard and Hannah Hogue, 6-2. But the match was decided as the Ridgefield Christian duo of Thrasher and Lindsey Morgan pulled out a 6-4 victory over the Rebel team of Emery and Campbell.
Friday's match with East Poinsett County was washed out by rain and tentatively rescheduled for September 27.
The Rebels will take the court this week when they travel to Walnut Ridge for a big conference match-up with the Bobcats Monday afternoon at 4:00. Riverside returns home Tuesday afternoon for a 3:30 match-up with Piggott before hosting East Poinsett County in a 3:30 starting time on Thursday afternoon.